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Land of Lincoln Statewide Read: Connecting with Mr. Lincoln

Dust jacket cover of the book Lincoln:  A Life of Purpose and Power

Kids' Corner

Hey Kids!  Do you have a favorite book about Abraham Lincoln?  Which book is it?  Do you want to write about your favorite book about Abraham Lincoln?  Does your library have books about Lincoln?

Below is a small list of books about Abraham Lincoln with their titles, their authors, the company that made the books, and the years.  Some of the books may look like they are old because many of the authors wrote them before you were born. But, the events in Lincoln's life happened a long time ago, so history books a few years old will be fine.  A book about computers that is twenty years old may be too old, but not a history book about events that happened 200 years ago.

Can you find a book that matches your grade?

Kindergarten to Second Grade:

Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner, published by Random House in 1994.

Lincoln by William Jay Jacobs, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1991. This is an older book that may be a little hard to find to buy. But, the nice people at your local library may have ideas on how to find a copy to read anyway!

Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers by Karen B. Winnick, published in 1999 by Boyd Mills Press.

My First President's Day Book by Aileen Fischer, published by Children's Press in 1987.

Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George with illustrations by Matt Faulkner, published in 2008 by Philomel.

Young Abraham Lincoln: Log-Cabin President by Andrew Woods, published in 1991 by Troll Associates. This book is out-of-print. The nice people at the library will know what out-of-print means and how to help you find this book to read. There is another version published in 1997 by Janet Woods.

Second Grade to Fourth Grade:

Lincoln's Birthday by Dennis Brindell Fradin, published by Enslow in 1990

Cover of the book The Lincolns by Candace FlemingFourth Grade to Seventh Grade:

Abraham Lincoln:  World Leaders, Past and Present by Roger Burns, published by Chelsea House in 1986

Lincoln:  A Photobiography by Russell Freedman, published by Clarion Books in 1987. 
Just by guessing, what do you think the word "photobiography" means?

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming, published by Schwartz & Wade in 2008. This book includes images of pictures and documents, and it has more of Mary Todd Lincoln's story.

What books have you read about Abraham Lincoln? You can write about them here: Land of Lincoln Statewide Read: Connecting with Mr. Lincoln

What does Abraham Lincoln mean to our leaders in government? Ask them!

Take the Honest Abe Quiz!!! Click here for the Honest Abe Quiz on the Lincoln Bicentennial Web site.

Gettysburg Address

Have you read the Gettysburg Address? On Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on February 12th, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., thousands of people in Illinois tried to set a Guiness Books World Record with everyone reading the Gettysburg Address all at the same time. The record did not get broken. More than 223,363 people have to read all at the same time to break the record, but you can read the Gettysburg Address right now:

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal."

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

You can read a copy of the Gettysburg Address that President Lincoln wrote himself here. Can you see where President Lincoln made some changes on the paper by crossing out three words and writing in four words instead? Think about how President Lincoln wrote his words with no computer. On paper, we can see the changes that he made. If you write something on a computer and you change the words later, can you see how the words were before the changes? What happened at Gettysburg? Why did President Lincoln give a speech?

You can see pictures of Gettysburg which is now the Gettysburg National Military Park here. The Gettysburg Address is on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Another man gave a speech at Gettysburg with President Lincoln. His name was Edward Everett, and he had a variety of jobs. He was a U.S. Representative, the Govenor of Massachusetts, the President of Harvard University, the U.S. Secretary of State, and he tried to be the U.S. Vice President in 1860 but he lost the election. Abraham Lincoln with Hannibal Hamlin who became the U.S. Vice President won that election. Everett he talked for two hours before President Lincoln gave his two-minute speech.

For Teachers and Librarians, the 29th Annual Children's Literature Conference at Northern Illinois University has links to authors' Web sites here.